We are pleased to award the Assessing the condition of the Afghan National Art Collection project £50,000
This project will carry out a preliminary needs assessment on 150 paintings within the Afghan National Collection that were destroyed by the Taliban.
The Afghan National Gallery
The Afghan National Gallery (Negaristan Melli) is located in the centre of Kabul in an historic manor house, previously the British Embassy building, which became the new National Gallery in 1983. The gallery is home to the national art collection, which at its peak housed 800 paintings including 580 by Afghan artists. The paintings are a collection of mixed canvas and paper media predominately dating from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth century.
The 150 paintings were damaged, torn or painted over in watercolour to hide their imagery, having been condemned for portraying subjects deemed as idolatrous or polytheistic according to the Taliban’s fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.
Assessing the needs of the Collection
In this project, the Foundation for Culture & Civil Society will perform a condition assessment of 150 paintings from the Afghan National Art Gallery, with support from international paintings conservation experts. Training needs for staff at the museum will also be assessed in order to understand the future training needs of the gallery and to support future restoration of the collection.